Why Does it Take So Long

Why Does It Take So Long

Anybody who has been observing the various government activities around legislation concerning the trucking industry in the last 20 to 30 years can answer the question, why does it take so long to get any genuine, change and reform for the trucking industry?
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waiting, waiting, waiting

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

All of that time wasted sitting in trucks, in queues at distribution centres, at port gates, or in the never-ending roadwork queues, which the road transport industry has to put up with day and day out, has not been wasted, we are used to waiting, waiting, waiting. It may have prepared our industry for the long wait for some rational legislation around our industry to emerge.
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Calling For a Road Toll Response

Transport Boss Is Handed Down Their Sentence

As a transport boss is handed down their sentence, marking a landmark case in the transport industry, National Transport Insurance warns that the enforcement of Chain of Responsibility laws are just as important as ever.
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ATA Plan to Fix the Fatigue Rules

ATA Plan to Fix the Fatigue Rules

David Smith, the Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, unveils the ATA plan to fix the fatigue rules outlines his association’s ideas to improve our fatigue management into the future.
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road transport is a low priority

Road Transport is a Low Priority

When there is an important issue to be sorted out, the different levels of government suddenly get their collective backsides into gear and the necessary regulations arrive, but not for trucking, road transport is a low priority.
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The New, New Fatigue Management Plan

The New, New Fatigue Management Plan

The Australian trucking industry has been listening to discussions about fatigue management for a long time and now the NTC has come back with another set of proposals, the new, new fatigue management
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government at a snail’s pace

Government at a Snail’s Pace

We know the wheels of government turn exceedingly slow, but the Heavy Vehicle National Law process must be one of those which takes the biscuit, it’s government at a snail’s pace.
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there are no big ticket items

There Are No Big Ticket Items

There are plenty of problems, technical difficulties and issues which need to be sorted out, but in the trucking industry there are no big ticket items. There are no issues which stand out as the most dominant issue, for everyone involved.
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HVNL debacle

HVNL Debacle

The Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Meeting asked Ken Kanofski to undertake stakeholder consultation on the Heavy Vehicle National Law (the HVNL debacle), after the proposed reforms were roundly rejected by the trucking industry. He was tasked with finding a way through the process, which would enable some form of consensus to prevail.
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something is broken in policy development for trucking

Something is Broken in Policy Development for Trucking

This week, whilst looking at the National Transport Commission, it struck me that something is broken in policy development for trucking. Looking at the publications the organization has produced in the last few years, the fact that a number of papers which the commission had published, had to no submissions in reply tells a story.
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